Curated by Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard, Ocean Child: Songs of Yoko Ono is various artist project covering songs of Yoko Ono compiled here by a generation-spanning group of musicians for whom her work has meant so much.
It will feature contributions from David Byrne, Deerhoof, Death Cab For Cutie, The Flaming Lips, Japanese Breakfast, Jay Som, Stephin Merritt, Sharon Van Etten, Yo La Tengo and more.
On an album born out of both love and frustration, Ben evokes “the seemingly bottomless well of inspiration and enjoyment” that Yoko Ono’s music has provided, both for him and everyone else present on this compilation.
“As an advocate, the tallest hurdle to clear has always been the public’s ignorance as to the breadth of Yoko’s work” he continues, as “she has consistently created melodies as memorable as those of the best pop writers”.
It is his sincere hope that a new crop of Yoko Ono fans fall in love with her songwriting due in small part to this album that they have put together.
Release date: 18th February, 2022
Toyboat - Sharon Van Etten
Who Has Seen the Wind? - David Byrne and Yo La Tengo
Dogtown - Sudan Archives
Waiting for the Sunrise - Death Cab for Cutie
Yellow Girl (Stand for Life) - Thao
Born in a Prison - U.S. Girls
Growing Pain - Jay Som
Listen, The Snow Is Falling - Stephin Merritt (of Magnetic Fields)
No No No - Deerhoof
Don't Be Scared - We Are King
Mrs. Lennon - The Flaming Lips
No One Sees Me Like You Do - Japanese Breakfast
There Is No Goodbye Between Us - Yo La Tengo
Run Run Run - Amber Coffman